Bill Nye “the Science Guy” schooled climate change skeptic and Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning.
When Blackburn, a “proud climate change denier,” and Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the fallacious claim that there is no “consensus” in the scientific community about the causes of climate change, Nye was quick to point out her error:
“Once again, the congresswoman is trying to introduce doubt in the whole idea of climate change,” Nye said in response. “What I would just encourage everybody to do is, let’s back up and look at the facts.”
At that point, Nye held up a map displaying the fact that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to.
When Blackburn opined “there is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this (climate change)” Nye pointed out that Blackburn and other climate change deniers were trying to introduce uncertainty:
“This is unscientific, this is not logical,” he said. “It is a way, apparently, that the fossil fuel industry had dealt with our politics. This is not good. You don’t need a PhD in climate science to understand what’s going on, that we have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing.”
In other news on climate change, John Kerry delivered an urgent call to action on global warming today, calling it the “most fearsome” WMD we face, and sternly backhanding those who don’t believe climate change is happening as “flat Earthers.” “The science is unequivocal,” Kerry said, “and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”